October 31 st, 2009
CHEMIN DE CENDRES
Dir. Bertrand Carrière (Canada: 2009) 9 min. 40 sec.
Chemins de cendres, a project that developed out of an ongoing photo series “Lieux Mêmes” retraces images of the Western Front taken by an unknown Canadian photographer during the First World War. Projected as a dual-frame display, the video juxtaposes still video shots of current day sites related to the WW1 -battlefields, rubble-strewn streets, soldier’s portraits in cemeteries, against travel views through train windows in France and Belgium. Opposing stillness and motion, the video becomes a journey of visual and sound contrasts between fixed historical narratives and the changing views of modern memory.
Dir. Paul Gross (Canada: 2008) 114 min.
Set during the height of the First World War, Passchendaele tells the story of Sergeant Michael Dunne (Paul Gross), a soldier who is brutally wounded in France and returns to Calgary emotionally and physically scarred. While in the military hospital in Calgary, he meets Sarah (Caroline Dhavernas), a mysterious and attractive nurse with whom he develops a passionate love. When Sarah's younger asthmatic brother David (Joe Dinicol) signs up to fight in Europe, Michael feels compelled to return to Europe to protect him. Michael and David, like thousands of Canadians, are sent to fight in the third battle of Ypres, a battle against impossible odds, commonly known as "Passchendaele". It is a story of passion, courage and dedication, showing the heroism of those that fought in battle, and of the ones that loved them.